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How to Puree Your Own Pumpkin

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  Knowing how to puree your own pumpkin can make a huge difference when it comes to baking bread, cupcakes or anything that might require a pumpkin flavoring. The knowledge that I am about to give you can make a drastic difference in that pumpkin pie that you make on Christmas day. Yes, you can always just add the pumpkin spice or pumpkin spice cake mix that comes pre-packaged. Or you can use a can of already pureed pumpkin, but none of those can compare to the added taste of a real pumpkin that you have pureed yourself. It is rather time consuming, but in the end your baked goods will taste so much better.

What You Will Need:

  1. One pumpkin (A mini pumpkin= about 2 cups of pureed pumpkin)
  2. A sharp knife
  3. Blender or food processor

Directions:

  1. Wash the pumpkin off; scrubbing away all the dirt. Then stab it all around the entire pumpkin.
  2. Place it in the oven to cook for about one hour 30 minutes at 375° Fahrenheit. If the pumpkin seems to be too hard to stab, try to stick the knife in as far as it will go about 3-5 times and then bake for 30 minutes. After it is done, take it out and it should be soft enough stab easily.
  3. After the full one hour thirty minutes, take the pumpkin out of the oven and let it cool for ten or 20 minutes. Then slice it in half.
  4. Scoop out all the seeds and guts and through them away. Then scrape the flesh from the sides and put it into a food processor or blender. Puree until pumpkin flesh is entirely smoothed out. All that should be left of the pumpkin is the hard outer shell, which you can through away or make into a bowl!
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How to Puree Your Own Pumpkin